Can my employer restrict me from communicating with my sub-contractors or customers in a social setting outside of work?

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Can my employer restrict me from communicating with my sub-contractors or customers in a social setting outside of work?

I socialize with a lot of my sub-contractors and want to ensure that my company

can’t use that against me to say that I am violating their conditions.

Asked on November 9, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Virginia

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Yes, your employer can do this. The fact is that most employment is "at will", which means that a company can set the conditions of employment much as it sees fit. This includes prohibiting workers from communicating with subcontractors and/or customers in an off work social setting. This is true so long as no form of legally actionable discrimination is a factor in their treatment and no term of any applicable union agreemnt or employment contact is being breached.


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